If you’ve never watched a kitchen nightmare episode (UK version is better), there’s always terrible food and an owner in denial. The restaurant is empty most of the time and sometimes a few loyal customers ready to eat filth will support the place.
At some point Gordon Ramsay will confront the soon to be bankrupted owner about his terrible overpriced menu and the owner might say : “If I change my menu, I’ll lose my customers”.
Gordon looks back at the near empty place and says : “You’d rather keep your customers instead of bringing new younger ones and filling up the place ?”
Here are the changes I suggest to save this game :
No more PLEX, if you want to play for free, there’s alpha, if you want to play as Omega, there’s a 39.99$USD mandatory fee for 365 days. Why 39.99$ ? because that’s the price of an expansion in some good games. Let’s face it, Eve’s expansions rarely bring exciting stuff and what’s already in there hasn’t change for over 10 years.
Objective : No more grind for PLEX and the unhealthy practices it brings will die with it…
Secondary objective : Probably some layoffs at CCP; small studios have accomplished way more positive changes with less.
Third objective : Multi-boxing will still exists but at least they’ll pay for it with real $$$.
No more trading items paid with real life money. If you buy something with real life money, it’ll be account bound. An exception to that rule could be cosmetic stuff, I don’t see people grinding for months just for that, so that could be the only way to trade $ for ISK.
Objective : Everything with real life money attached to it = big ISK and it always leads to some form of grind play style.
No more implants, everyone will train skills at the same speed. The alternative for slots 6-10 will be abyssal mods for those who wants an edge.
Objective : Remove incentive to stay safe.
Bring more content for PVE/PVP solo or coop game play. Missions are still the same since I started playing in 2009, that baffles the mind… Scripting missions in 3D emptiness is not that hard ! We’re not talking GTA with Roads, cars, traffic, pedestrians, etc… Make it engaging and bring random elements to it.
Objective : Log in and get to the fun part quickly
Bonus change : End the CSM. I’ve know this game since 2009 and there’s nothing convincing me that we need it. The big topics back then were always about balancing null sec and guess what, it’s still the same topic today. Game developers are able to implemented positive changes without a CSM and many have won the challenge in the past. If CCP depends on the CSM to survive, it deserves to die.
Combined with other changes I’m sure those ideas would create a solid foundation. Think about it and spread the word if you like it.